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and crippling spending cuts. remember analysts say falling off the fiscal cliff could drive the u.s. into another recession. more than a month has passed since the last time they got together. the obama administration called that mid another meeting constructive but there has been little to no progress. today lawmakers on both sides of the aisle tried to strike an optimistic tone. >> millions of americans are out there struggling and certainly they deserve a congress that will avoid going over the fiscal cliff, which is why the president has been working hard to bring leaders together. >> we can't continue to kick the can down the road with half measures. i think the market will respond in a permanent and negative way to our inaction. >> the chairman of the senate finance committee says it comes down to this meeting adding i wish them luck. it would be a great new year's present for the country. ed henry, how pivot the is the meeting? >> we're on the verge of the biggest tax increase since world war ii. that's how big it is. everybody watching this, if we go off the cliff, everyone'
and that is what u.s. officials have to weigh, how much they trust the voices on the ground among a ragtag bunch of rebels. >>shepard: now the kidnapping ordeal surrounding the nbc news team including their chief foreign correspondent richard engel in syria. after the escape, one team member was still unaccounted for. nbc reports today that man, too, is safe. remember, according to the network gunman kidnapped and blindfolded richard engel along with several colleagues. the report is they tied them up, threatened to kill them and tried to make them choose which of them should be shot first. according to nbc news, the team managed to escape after a firefight but amid the gunshot aztecal support staffer got separated from the group. today, nbc news confirmed that worker is free and "said to be in good condition." doctors will evaluate him when he gets to turkey and all of the nbc news team now safe thankfully out of syria. >> armed. dangerous. a couple of bank robbers escaping prison from 20 stories up in the air. there is video. we will show you how they pulled this off. >>shepard: a horrible sce
at the rebels. jonathan hunt is at the united nations. this firing of scud missiles is new. >>jonathan: it is. u.s. defense officials believe that some half dozen or so of the scud missiles have been fired at targets north of damascus by the syrian security forces aiming at the rebels in the last few days. they do not have any reports any casualties. you will wreck that scud missiles were widely launched by saddam hussein during the 1991 gulf war. they were largely inaccurate then and it appear they have been inaccurate now. it is an odd choice, this soviet missile as a tactical weapon by the syrians but according to white house officials, it could be one more sign of president bashar al-assad's desperation. >> if true, this would be latest desperate act from a regime that has shown utter disregard for innocent life. utter disregard for the lives of its own citizens. again, the idea that the syrian regime would launch missiles in its borders at its own people is stunning, deputy prosecute, and a completely disproportionate military escalation. >> one of the fears is that scud missiles are capable
. >>> joining us, from u.s. news and world report, ken walsh. who is going to come to the rescue, anybody? >> looks like there's a road block at every critical juncture point here. it looks like now the ball's in the senate's court, to mix met force. the house failed to get to a vote with speaker boehner's plan. it looks like the best they can do, really, is some kind of a partial agreement that -- with some of the fiscal cliff provisions are going to take effect on january 1st. this is what everybody was hoping would not happen but it looks imminent. >> let's just say your scenario's right and the temporary fix comes from the senate and harry reid but it has to go back to the house. then what? >> the other part is the senate. the 60 vote rule of the filibuster. they have to clear that 60-vote point if somebody blocks this in the senate. then it goes back to the house. there's a lot of questions about whether spiker boehner can control his republican caucus. he could not get the votes a week ago and we don't know if we could this time. what might happen is the tax provisions -- the taxes
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